Next Generation Web Authoring

This course will introduce the latest open-source options for designing dynamic content-management system based websites. 

Open-source software such as Drupal is now in use to create websites ranging in scope from small portfolio sites by individual artists to large user-based websites used by colleges and other large organizations.  With this software, it is possible to create dynamic, easy to edit and update websites that allow easy integration of such features as user-logins, various levels of access for various types of users, user feedback and blogging, ecommerce, as well as dynamic content creation of all sorts. The Drupal community is also one of the largest open-source software communities out there, and we will look at this culture and open structure for ideas and community-oriented practices to apply to our artistic and design practices as well.

This course will introduce the basics of the various concepts and structures involved in using dynamic content management software, and students will implement a wide variety of website models via small assignments and tutorials in order to gain mastery over the various possibilities.  Students will each create a live website as a final project.  Class assumes basic knowledge of HTML and web-based editing.

The latest version of Drupal - version 7 - converts a number of key ideas that were previously available only as 3rd party contributed modules into "core" components, promising to be the most powerful, and easy-to-use version of Drupal yet.  While version 8 is currently under development and will be released soon, version 7 is the most recent and up to date version, and is what we will be using.


Using Drupal, Angela Byron, Addison Berry, and Bruno De Bondt © 2012, O'Reilly

- note:  the first edition of this book, used in this class previously, is written for Drupal 6. The second edition of this book is written for drupal 7. Make sure you get the 2nd edition.  This is available for download from the O'Reilly site (kindle, pdf, etc.)  and I would recommend the electronic version over the printed one.

Head First WordPress, Jeff Siarto © 2010, O'Reilly

Wordpress: The Missing Manual, second edition, Mathew MacDonald © 2014, O'Reilly